Issue no 300

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Algeria opens up its voice market to VOIP but sets the bar high

The Algerian regulator ARPT took the brave step of allowing 24 ISPs an experimental licence at the end of April 2004. After the revision its licensing framework, the first VoIP operator (EEPAD) was granted authorization to operate a year later in April 2005. Russell Southwood reports on how this legalisation has begun to transform the market. The primary impetus behind the opening up of legal VoIP was a desire to increase phone penetration through increasing competition. Algeria’s incumbent Algerie Telecom now has an SNO competitor backed by Egypt’s Orascom. There are two mobile operators, Djezzy (the incumbent’s mobile brand) and…

Telecoms

VIRGIN PLANS US$123 MILLION INVEST IN SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATION

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is going big. The company, whose well-known brands include Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Active and Virgin Megastores, plans to step up its presence in SA dramatically in…


Telecoms

NIGERIA STARCOMMS WANTS TO BECOME 3RD NATIONAL OPERATOR

Starcomms Limited, a Private Telecommunications Operator (PTO) has applied to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to become the country's third national carrier. The firm's Chief Executive Officer, Maher Qubian made…


Telecoms

ORANGE IN CAMEROON LAUNCHES SIM CARD WITH TWO NUMBERS

Orange Cameroun has launched a new SIM card that can work with two separate numbers."With this innovation, one can have his or her professional phone number and their private number…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA’S SENTECH WILL BE USED TO SPEARHEAD INVESTMENT, SAYS COMMS D-G

Government planned to use its state-owned enterprise in the telecommunications sector to drive fundamental infrastructural investments in the industry, Department of Communications Director-General Lyndall Shope-Mafole said on Friday. Just as…


Telecoms

LIBERIA TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION  SPURNS SUPREME COURT RULING

Despite a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Liberia placing a stay order on operations of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), it is observed that the facility is still…


Telecoms

MAROC TELECOM TO LAUNCH MVNO IN EUROPE

Maroc Telecom, the leading telecoms operator in Morocco, is planning to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Europe, starting with Belgium and France, reported the French daily Les…


Telecoms

VODAFONE EGYPT SAYS THAT THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR IS NOT A THREAT

The arrival of a third mobile network company in Egypt won't eat into Vodafone's market share, Ian Gray, chief executive of Vodafone Egypt, said."Egypt is a growing market, and there…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telenor announced a partnership with National Telecommunications Holding Corporation (NTC) in connection with the third mobile license in Egypt.  Telenor and NTC will jointly deliver an application to qualify…


Internet

EASSY TASKFORCE MEETS GOVERNMENT STAKEHOLDERS

Since 9 March 2006, an informal African ‘open access task force’ – made up of NGOs and small and medium sized ISPs – was initiated to lobby for the implementation…


Internet

TELECOM PLUS CUTS DSL RATES BY 7% AFTER INTERCONNECT PRICE CUT IN MAURITIUS

Following a decrease in the Mauritius Telecom interconnection tariff that was approved by the regulatory authority ICTA, Telecom Plus has decided to apply this decrease on its different Wanadoo ADSL…


Internet

TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA HAS BIG BROADBAND PLANS

Broadband enjoyed a great deal of attention at Telkom’s Analyst Open Day on Thursday. According to the telecoms giant consumers have a lot to look forward to in the broadband…


Internet

KENYA POSTAL CORPORATION ALLOWED TO TENDER FOR VSAT

Postal Corporation of Kenya has been allowed - subject to competitive tendering – to have a licence for a  Sh3.2 billion satellite-link project, claiming it had been wrongly enjoined in…


Internet

46% UGANDANS NOW USE INTERNET, ACCORDING TO UCC SURVEY

Forty six percent of Ugandans, in a survey by the Uganda Communications Commission last year, said they use the Internet on a daily basis. The survey was carried out in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Makerere University in Kampala is to scale down its bandwidth from the current 21 Mbps (Megabits per second) to 6 Mbps due to lack of funds. By December 2005,…


Computing

GOVERNMENT TO RUN 'MADE IN NIGERIA' SOFTWARE

The Federal Government has approved a directive that only ‘Made in Nigeria’ software should run on the IT systems of the nation's public offices and institutions. Technology Times checks reveal…


Computing

LAPTOP SALES IN SOUTH AFRICA GIVE LOCAL IT MARKET THE EDGE

The local computer market experienced double-digit growth last year, with the 1,29-million units sold generating revenue of R9,36bn. Unit sales were up 10,9% from the previous year, but falling prices…


Computing

U.S. COMPUTER PROJECT MOVES SENEGALESE MERCHANTS INTO DIGITAL AGE

Africans are finding it easier to buy into globalization, thanks to a U.S. government-funded program that encourages merchants in Senegal to use computers and the Internet to sell their products.…


Computing

ETHIOPIA SEEKS UNESCO SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY CONTRIBUTION

Education Minister Dr. Sintayehu Wolde-Michael said Ethiopia needs the support of UNESCO in its efforts to strengthen the contribution of science and technology to socio-economic development. The Minister said the…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN HOME AFFAIRS TAKES OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE TO HEART

The home affairs department has taken the government's commitment to open source software to heart, with plans to install the Linux operating system at its 635 foreign missions, border posts…


Computing

ZIMBABWE RANKS LOWEST AMONGST SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES DEVELOPING ICTS

Zimbabwe has once again been ranked last among southern African economies that are developing their information communication technologies (ICTs). According to the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Global Information Technology Report…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Development Gateway Group, a Government ICT development project, last Friday, launched a countrywide programme aimed at training senior secondary school teachers on Information Technology. - The Federal…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian mobile telephone operator MTS First relaunched its corporate logo in Lagos with a pledge to increase its subscriber base to 500,000 before the end of this year. -…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIMENSION DATA BUYS 51% OF ICL EAST AFRICA

Dimension Data has bought 51% of ICL East Africa, an information technology company active in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The deal is being used by Didata to set up offices…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN CHAMS SEEKS FUNDS FOR TERMINALS DEPLOYMENT

Chams Nigeria Limited, a pioneer operator in the smartcard segment of the Nigerian IT industry, is offering a private placement subscription of 100,000,000 units of shares of N1.00 each at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANA TELECOM’S US$40M BOND ISSUE QUERIED

Information reaching the Business Chronicle indicates that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is not happy with the way Ghana Telecom (GT), led by Databank, raised an amount of US$40…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SAP LOWERS BAR TO BOOST REVENUE

German software company SAP signed up 200 new clients in SA last year and expects to duplicate that this year by focusing on small and medium-sized businesses. The company aims…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Gabon’s smallest mobile operator Telecel has announced plans to invest XAF20 billion (USD38 million) to expand coverage of its GSM network this year. Telecel remains in third place in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS’ RESPONSES – ISSUE 299: AFRICAN ROAMING MOBILE CHARGES

HIGH ROAMING CHARGES ON AREEBA I have had the experience of prepaid roaming on a GSM network when I used Areeba Ghana's prepaid roaming service in 2004. By the way,…


Digital Content

KENYA’S POLICE DEPARTMENT GOES ONLINE

The police department has set up a website to enhance service delivery and combat crime. According to Police headquarters, the website, www.kenyapolice.go.ke, is yet to be officially launched. It is,…


Digital Content

EAST AFRICA COMMERCE BODY ACQUIRES WEBSITE

The recently-launched East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA) has gone another step forward by acquiring a website that will provide the latest information and papers on East…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BOTSWANA ENDS MONOPOLY ON DIGITAL TV

The good news has come. The monopoly in the Botswana digital satellite pay TV market is over. Black Earth Communications (BEC) has entered the fray after its application passed muster…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- The Botswana branch of Multichoice Africa, has joined the fray and increased its subscription fees for its Digital Satellite TV (DStv) service. Multichoice increased its prices on April 1,…


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PEOPLE

* Tracey Newman, managing director of FrontRange Solutions South Africa, is to leave the company at the end of April for personal reasons. Newman has been with FrontRange Solutions South…


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EVENTS

- WIMAX & CDMA FORUM 24-26 April, VW Conference Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa The event is being supported by the international CDMA Development Group (CDG) and will include the…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* ISOC REGIONAL MANAGER FOR AFRICA The Internet Society is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. It is dedicated…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

- BODLAND SYSTEMS AND ATIO CORPORATION – NIGERIA Bodland Systems of Nigeria and ATIO Corporation of South Africa have entered into a partnership agreement for effective deployment of the latest…